About the programme

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Educational Psychology is an ever-changing profession and this course aims for qualifying Educational Psychologists to possess all of the skills and knowledge to provide psychological services of the very highest quality.

The large number of changes which have taken place in Education, Health and Social Services in recent years have placed heavy demands on the time and expertise of Educational Psychologists (EPs) whilst the effects of recent legislation have increased still further the expectations that schools and parents have of their service.

The 2006 DfES Review of the Role of Educational Psychology indicated directions for the future development of Educational Psychology Services highlighting the contribution of Educational Psychologists to Children’s Services. In November 2011 the DfE published the document: Developing sustainable arrangements for the initial training of Educational Psychologists, placing the training of Educational Psychologists on a more secure footing. Alternative training models for the future are still under consideration.

It is intended that the structure of the Course reflects this changing role of the Educational Psychologist, so that Trainees will understand and be able to critically analyse issues at both individual, group and organisational levels from a wide variety of theoretical backgrounds. This broadly based critical approach prepares Trainees to become adaptable and able to relate easily to future changes in role and tasks.

Educational Psychologists are often faced with highly complex problems as the people and organisations they work with experience pressures from many sources. It is intended that the Course will enable Course members to apply psychological knowledge and work in partnership with others to achieve a consensual definition of problem situations and together implement successful intervention strategies.

Much of the EPs’ activity involves systems work, consultation, training and disseminating ideas, materials and methods to support educators and primary carers in a rapidly changing environment. The Course aims to enhance the social and communication skills of Course members and to help them show flexibility and support for others in their work with individuals and schools.

The Course encourages Course members to become critical and reflective research-practitioners, to be able to evaluate their own practice and the effectiveness of other processes in Children’s Services.